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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

Activities
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

Over There: Journalists and The War Zone

A Panel Discussion Moderated by Adam Hochschild with Elizabeth Farnsworth, Robert J. Rosenthal, and Mark Danner

How has the role of the journalist and journalism changed over the past 100 years -- and what is the future? This panel examines the role of journalists covering wars from WWI and WWII, through the Vietnam and Iraqi wars, up to our present time.

Members Free
Members of Humanities West Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 01, 2015 - 6:00pm

Dangerous (1935)

May 2015: Reel Acting

Davis won her first Oscar for playing an alcoholic actress rescued from the abyss.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

First Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

1st Tuesday TED Talk Discussion

Thomas Piketty: New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century

Come watch this pre-recorded TED video in which Thomas Piketty talks about capital in the 21st century.

Members Only - Free
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Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Wench is Dead

by Colin Dexter

The often irascible Inspector Morse of the Oxford Police never reveals his first name, sometimes scorns official procedure, and always solves the crime. This novel, whose title comes from a Christopher Marlowe play, is a favorite of Morse fans for its unusual structure. Hospitalized and impatient, Morse is given a book about a 19th-century Oxford murder. He quickly realizes the wrong men were hanged for it, and sets out to find the real killer. Publishers' Weekly gives The Wench Is Dead even higher marks than Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time: "A surprising and inspired solution concludes a jolly good read."

Members Only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 6:00pm

Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel (William Morrow)

An evening with author C.W. Gortner

Mademoiselle Chanel is a vivid novel full of drama, passion, tragedy, and beauty that stunningly imagines the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel—the ambitious, gifted laundry woman’s daughter who revolutionized fashion, built an international empire, and became one of the most influential and controversial figures of the twentieth century.

Members Free
Public $15

Classes
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 6:00pm

After Six: Chess for Adults

Did you learn how to move the chess pieces as a child? Would you like to learn more? This class is for you!

Members $40
Public $50

Activities
Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Our Story – A Bay Area Heritage Open House

Join Mechanics' Institute on May 7th to meet representatives from other local cultural, historical and genealogical entities at this Open House.

Members & Public Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 08, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Freshman (1990)

May 2015: Reel Acting

Brando spoofs his Godfather character in a terrific, off-center comedy about a film student who gets involved with a Mafia family.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Laura

by Vera Caspary


Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charms--not even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Laura's death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power. Soon he realizes he's been seduced by a dead woman--or has he?

Members Only; Free
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Activities
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 6:00pm

Mechanics’ Institute Tour @ Night

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Members & Public Free
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Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater (City Light Foundation Books)

Author Carey Perloff in conversation with Mechanics’ Institute Executive Director Ralph Lewin

Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of San Francisco's legendary American Conservatory Theater, pens a lively and revealing memoir of her twenty-plus years at the helm, and delivers a provocative and impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today's technology-infused world.

Members Free
Public $15

Classes
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Hoover's: Search the World’s Largest Business Directory

Looking for timely business information, developing a list of key contacts for sales or as a potential employer, researching competitive intelligence, or grasping industry developments? Discover the resourcefulness of Hoover's in handling these topics.

Members Only - Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

May 2015: Reel Acting

A liberated schoolteacher at a girls' school in 1930s Edinburgh instructs her students on the ways of life in this modern classic.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

eBook Workshop: Axis360

Learn about, and get started using, the library's new ebook service, Axis360.

Members Only - Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 6:00pm

Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

May 2015: Reel Acting

Beautifully mounted and brilliantly acted, Rostand’s touching romantic drama brims with wit and audacity.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Ancestry Library Edition

Want to research your family history? Now’s your chance with our new subscription to the Ancestry database which provides access to billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. The class will provide tips on searching and how to decipher the records, and plenty of time for hands-on practice.

Members Only - Free

Classes
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tech Office Hours

One-on-one technology consultations

Want to research your family history? Now’s your chance with our new subscription to the Ancestry database which provides access to billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. The class will provide tips on searching and how to decipher the records, and plenty of time for hands-on practice.

Members Only - Free
Registration required (see description).

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

Frisco Jenny (1932)

May 2015: Reel Acting

A thriving S.F. brothel is threatened by a crusading D.A. who's unaware that the madam is his birth mother, in this pre-Code melodrama.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

First Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

1st Tuesday TED Talk Discussion

Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change

Come watch this pre-recorded TED video in which Allan Savory talks about how to fight desertification and reverse climate change.

Members Only - Free
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Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 5:30pm

Pronto

by Elmore Leonard

Known for his roller-coaster plots, colorful settings, and diverse shady characters, Leonard opens this international caper in South Miami Beach. An aging bookie leaves his topless-dancer girlfriend for early retirement when he learns he's about to be the scapegoat in a sting. As he becomes a fugtive in Italy, dodging both the law and the Mafia, the righteous Kentucky-born, cowboy-hatted U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens goes after him.

Members Only; Free

Classes
Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

JSTOR Database

JSTOR is a trusted growing digital library of more than 2,000 academic journals, nearly 20,000 books, and two million primary source materials (such as pamphlets, manuscripts, oral histories, government documents, and more) across many disciplines. In this class, learn how to get connected and make the most of this resource.

Members Only - Free

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, June 08, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Family Way

by Rhys Bowen

Molly Murphy--now Molly Sullivan--is a year into her marriage, expecting her first child, and confined to the life of a housewife. She's restless and irritable in the enforced idleness of pregnancy and the heat of a New York summer in 1905. So when a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving maid, Molly figures it couldn't hurt to at least ask around, despite her promise to Daniel to give up her old career as a detective.

Members Only; Free
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Classes
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Financial Newsletters

Invest just over an hour of your time, and walk away with a solid knowledge of the Library’s collection of more than twenty investment letter subscriptions covering stocks, mutual funds, commodities, turnaround situations, technical analysis and market timing. Discover particular strengths of each newsletter.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 7:00pm

14th Annual Bloomsday Celebration: Re-Joyce in the Stacks

Muses, Music, and Dramatic Readings from James Joyce’s Ulysses

Sojourn though the streets of Dublin with Leopold Bloom and other characters featured in James Joyce’s quintessential novel Ulysses and other works.

Members of Mechanics' Institute $15
Irish Literary & Historical Society $15
Public $25
Advance reservations required.

Classes
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks

The Mechanics' Institute offers hundreds of digital titles that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere there's an internet connection. Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks.

Members Only - Free
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Classes
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Business Insights: Essentials

Learn to research and analyze companies to obtain competitor intelligence and access in-depth industry profiles using the Business Insights database.

Members Only - Free